The 2014 ABC Women in Broadcast Technology Scholarship has been awarded to Central Engineering student Sanaz Irannejad.
WA State Director Mark Yates presented the scholarship at the ABC in East Perth together with acting WA Manager Technical Services Vince Caratozzolo.
Also present was Margaret Cassidy, Deputy Director of Technology at the ABC in Ultimo, NSW.
“These scholarships continue to add to the diversity of our workforce and that includes having a great agenda contribution in terms of diversity of thought and varying ways of approaching technical problem solving,” said Margaret.
“Since their inception in 1992, the scholarships have been the major driver in terms of increasing the representation of women in our Technical Services team.”
After finding out about the scholarship opportunity from her Central lecturer Ms Indu V, Sanaz agreed that winning the scholarship meant a chance to enhance her skills.
“It is a great opportunity and I want to prove I can do it,” she said.
Vince Caratozzolo, acknowledged that the technical support of broadcast systems and equipment has traditionally been a male dominated occupation and praised the scholarship’s history in helping to reduce this gender gap.
“The ABC Women in Broadcast Technology scholarships highlight broadcasting as an area of prospective employment for female engineering and technology students. It provides the opportunity for women to gain a broad range of technical knowledge and experience in the broadcast industry while working in a unique facility such as the ABC in Perth,” he said.
Sanaz has a Bachelor of Science in Electronic Engineering and is currently completing studies in a Diploma in Electronic and Communication Engineering at Central. She possesses hands-on skills in lighting and video equipment selection and commissioning as well as diagnosing faults in electronic and communications systems.
Each year the ABC provides up to eight scholarships, awarded to women undertaking a technology related discipline at a TAFE institution and committed to a career in broadcasting. The scholarship includes four weeks paid on the job training in technology areas of the ABC and a $1,000 book allowance.
Both female technicians currently employed in Technical Services at the Perth ABC commenced their careers with a WiBT scholarship and work experience.
Congratulations to Sanaz.